History is a remarkable thing.
When written for political purposes history often loses its truth. One side may well see a person as a hero while the other side sees the same man as Satan.
We are told that the happenings in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 were underrepresented and they were a threat to our nation.
While I totally agree that the happenings in Washington were bad, I totally disagree with those who tilt our history for their own prejudices or political views.
I would like to point out what Mr. William Allen White said, “That it will happen in Kansas first.”
I will charge you with exactly what I tell many of the students in history classes that I might be fortunate to substitute for as a history teacher. I charge them to please not to take every account in history as a fact until you look it up for yourself from several accounts.
Here is what I hope will be an interesting bit of history for you to ponder.
There were two political parties who clearly thought that they had won the election.
These folks were ready to show up the other party by taking the Capitol by force. They would then turn over the election to their side.
Even though there were still a few contests being contested, one side knew that they had won and that there was cheating going on. So they took action. One party locked themselves into the House Chambers in the Capitol.
The opposing party used many sledgehammers to break down the doors inside the Capital to gain access to the House Chambers.
The opposing party locked themselves into the House Chambers which resulted in a three-day occupation.
It took the governor’s action to call the State’s Militia to put an end to this seditious act.
These acts of anarchy were reported by all the newspapers around the world
This insurrection happened in Kansas in 1893. They were the result of the two main political parties going “to War” over the results of the 1892 Kansas State Election results. (The Populists and The Republicans)
These horrible events came to an end when Kansas Governor Lewelling called out the State Militia and his Sergeant-at-Arms; Mr. R.B. Welch. These men entered the Capitol building in Topeka to forcefully discharge the Populists who had locked themselves into the House Chambers. Every man was well armed with the most modern of assault weapons. In many cases, these arms were the brand new Winchester Model 1893 pump-action shotgun, which put fear into the Populists. The Army also showed up with the new Gatling Gun for extra power against their fellow Jayhawkers. https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a22451/history-gatling-gun.
These events would be put to an end via the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the Republicans over the Populists.
Frank Leslie’s “Illustrated Weekly” could not print enough copies of these exciting mob actions which happened in Topeka in 1893.
I would say that Mr. White was correct that it often happens first in Kansas.
Those that tell you that the very inappropriate actions in Washington, D.C. are unprecedented in America are full of beans as the example above would point out. Also, recall that the British in two wars with us felt that we were anarchists against the Crown; all the while that we thought that we were freedom fighters.
More importantly, we seem to always rally for our country and somehow make this wonderful democratic republic to work and survive.